For all Maggi lovers, here comes the good news! The popular snack has cleared tests mandated by the Bombay high court months after it was banned over the presence of excess lead, said Nestle.
In a statement, the company said:
“We have received test results from all three laboratories mandated by the hon’ble Bombay high court to test Maggi Noodles samples. All the 90 samples, covering six variants, tested by these laboratories are clear with lead much below the permissible limits.”
The Swiss food major will commence manufacturing the noodles and “start selling only after the newly manufactured products are also cleared” by the three laboratories designated by the high court.
Though it is not clear when Maggi Noodles would be reintroduced in market, Nestle said it would be at earliest.
In May this year, food inspectors ordered Nestle India to recall a batch of Maggi packets from shops across the country, saying the product contained dangerous levels of lead.
In June, the FSSAI banned Maggi noodles, saying it was unsafe and hazardous. The company then withdrew the noodles from the market, a move which cost it around Rs.400 crores.
Following the controversy, “Nestle conducted more than 3,500 tests, representing over 200 million packs, in national and international accredited laboratories and all reports are clear,” the statement said.
Nestle further added that various countries including USA, UK, Singapore, Australia and others have found Maggi Noodles manufactured in India safe for consumption.
The company also stated that it will collaborate with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the food regulator, and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, shares of Nestle India surged over 7 per cent intraday on Friday as the news emerged.